Best Smart Locks in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 7, 2020
The number of smart devices around us is growing from year to year. Your smartphone might become a new key to your house. Make the first step and buy a smart lock. You will forget about keys and feel much safer and protected! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Access methods
Extras
Type / Installation
Power source
Warranty
 
PROS
You can open this smart lock via Bluetooth and even send mobile keys to your family and friends with the help of your smartphone. The Twist & Go function will help you open the door by just twisting your phone 90°.
CONS
This device is somewhat bulky.
OUR VERDICT

The Yale Conexis L1 is among the most popular smart locks on the market as it has a classic design and incredible functionality. You will always be in control of your house!

detailed parameters
Access methods
Smartphone, Key card, Key tag, Phone tag
Extras
Twist & Go feature, Yale Smart Alarm connectivity, CCTV range and other Smart Home systems, Reversible handle
Type / Installation
Deadbolt lock
Power source
4 x AA batteries
Warranty
2 years
PROS

Using Ultraloq app, you will be able to view users. You'll get logs of who's entered the house and you'll even be able to clone users if you ever install one more Ultraloq. The lock itself uses Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that it will keep on working even in the event of power or internet outages.

CONS

It might take some time to set the whole thing up. 

OUR VERDICT

The Ultraloq UL3 represents the best parts of the whole smart door lock concept. It is more secure than the ordinary lock. It is a lot more convenient. It offers far more options. And it doesn't fall victim to any potential shortcomings of the Smart systems.

detailed parameters
Access methods

Fingerprint, Code, Smartphone

Extras

Anti-peep touch keypad technology, Hidden backup key, IP65 weatherproof, Intuitive OLED display, Low battery indicator, Reversible handle

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

3 x AA batteries

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The built-in tamper alarm blasts an 80 dB internal alarm the moment someone starts to tamper with the lock. The bank-level encryption will be able to prevent any unauthorised access. The lock lets you create a temporary 24-hour PIN code for your guests.

CONS

The supplied batteries don't last very long. 

OUR VERDICT

This smart door lock from Yale is one of the most visually appealing and cleverly designed options on this particular market right now. Aside from its functionality and security, the model will not inconvenience you or your guests but it won't compromise on the said security either. 

detailed parameters
Access methods

Smartphone, PIN codes, Key card, Key tag, Phone tag

Extras

Built-in tamper alarm, Bank-level encryption, Incorrect pin code features, Connects to the Yale Smart Home Alarm and CCTV systems, Control via app, 24-hour PIN code for visitors

Type / Installation

Rim lock

Power source

4 x AA batteries

Warranty

2 years

PROS

You can use trackable visitor ID and always know the identity of people entering the place and when that happens. The lock will let you track as many as 30000 unlocking records. You can upload/download these records via USB. You can also copy and store this data. 

CONS

The batteries are tiresome to replace. 

OUR VERDICT

The ZKTeco L7000S is as complete as smart locks within this price range come. The product is reliable enough for home use and adaptable enough for office use. You won't have any issues accessing the lock, whilst intruders will have the hardest time doing the same.

detailed parameters
Access methods

Fingerprint, Password, Key

Extras

OLED display screen, Smart alarm for low battery & illegal operation, Upload/Download data via USB port, Access Timetable Management (optional)

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

4 x AA batteries

Warranty

30 days money-back guarantee

PROS

The Passage mode will let you keep the lock unlocked, allowing various people to access the premises without using any access methods but pressing the handle. Incorporating this anti-theft mortise that features 1 latch and 2 security deadbolts, the lock is pretty much immune against forced entry. 

CONS

The key hole is uncomfortable to access. 

OUR VERDICT

The ZKTeco TL100 is plenty secure and really smart. That being said, you can make the lock as accessible and unobtrusive as possible when that's necessary. The lock lets you choose between four access methods. In other words, you can use this product commercially too.

detailed parameters
Access methods

Fingerprint, User code/password, ID card, Mechanical key

Extras

Illuminated keypad, Smart alarm for low battery / illegal operation, Data upload/download via USB port, Voice-guided feature, Random password feature

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

8 x AA batteries

Warranty

30 days money-back guarantee

Yale Conexis L1

Unpretentious Design, Total Safety

With the first lock having been presented over than 50 years ago, Yale company has made a huge progress and now produces a whole range of safe and smart innovative solutions. For this review, we've selected its Conexis L1 smart lock that's gained trust and become popular with consumers all over the world. The lock looks pretty much simple, if not unpretentious, being fitted with neither LCD screen nor buttons, so you're likely to take it for a conventional deadbolt lock, casting a quick look at it. Yet, it's not as simple as it looks and can provide you with some really high tech functions and top-notch protection level. What sets the Conexis L1 smart lock apart is that it doesn't have any keyhole and it only requires electronic control. This way, if a burglar decided to break into your place, he wouldn't be able to do so, even with a picklock in hand. The Yale smart lock is suitable for the majority of uPVC and composite doors, whereas the installation is effortless and requires nothing at all but a screwdriver.

Review of Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock

Multiple Ways to Unblock the Yale Smart Lock

As we have just mentioned, this Yale smart lock can be opened with the help of electronics only. The unit is powered by 4 AA batteries; a special indicator will tell you when their replacement is required. Moreover, if the batteries run out of charge, there is still an emergency power source, a 9B battery. 

The first and the most convenient key to your door (equipped with the Yale smart lock) is your smartphone. Download the branded Bluetooth app (available for Android and iOS) and you will be able to configure the settings, lock and unlock your doors in a remote manner. Moreover, the Yale smart lock supports the unique Twist & Go function; launch the app to activate Bluetooth, then twist your smartphone 90° to unlock the door. For even higher security level, you can generate special mobile keys that will be valid for a pre-configured period of time; you can share those keys with your family and friends in the app too.

The functionality of Yale smart locks can be enhanced by using additional modules. For this specific deadbolt lock, you can get a module that will connect it to other smart systems in your house. For example, you can connect it to your video surveillance system and see what's happening inside and outside your house via the Yale app. Stay in control of who enters and leaves your house (or office), create keys and share them with your family and friends, and enjoy the top-grade and cutting-edge home security system. Technology stands guard over your property and safety!

Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock in the use

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Ultraloq UL3 BT

Knock-Knock, Who's There?

Smart locks are inherently highly functional and, more often than not, pretty impressive from the technological standpoint. But they aren't created equal. With that in mind, let's talk about the Ultraloq UL3 BT, one of the most impressive options on the smart lock market. Though fairly close, the model isn't the most feature-rich lock out there and not even the most feature-rich lock in our review.

Of course, we aren't saying that the opposite is the case. It is definitely up there. The lock includes 5 access methods. You'll be able to open it with your smartphone (through the Ultraloq app), a code, key, fingerprint, or by knocking or shaking your phone 4 times.

Now, as for the aforementioned app, it doesn't really bring anything new to the table and we don't have an issue with that. Ultraloq application is simple and straightforward but it isn't devoid of a few good features.

Using the app, you will be able to view users. You'll get logs of who's walked through the front door and you'll even be able to clone users if you ever install one more Ultraloq. The lock itself uses Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that it will keep on working even in the event of power or internet outages.

Review of Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Door Lock

A Better Way

Every individual's fingerprint is unique (well, for the most part). Luckily enough, no one can steal your fingerprints from you (not in a practical way anyway). Of course, you can't really impress anyone with a fingerprint scanner these days. But the scanner here is a bit better than most of its counterparts. The company's very own technology relies on a waterproof, scratchproof, and dustproof sensor, making unlocking your door about as easy and secure as it can be. You can add up to 95 fingerprints. The sensor doesn't take less than half a second to identify the print and it works just as well with kids and elderly.

But, all things considered, our favourite part of this locker system is probably the anti-peep password technology. This little function lets you input any number of random digits and the lock will still grant you access as long as you embed the right code somewhere within that set of random numbers. This way, you'll have a certain peace of mind knowing that some of the more morally bankrupt individuals won't be able to steal your password the usual way, by looking at worn-out keypad digits or observing you nearby as you enter the password yourself.

Other than that, the model includes sort of a hidden compartment for a backup key and will allow you to program a backup code as well. All in all, the Ultraloq UL3 represents the best parts of the whole smart door lock concept. It is more secure than the ordinary lock. It is a lot more convenient. It offers far more options. And it doesn't fall victim to any potential shortcomings of the smart systems.

Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Door Lock in the use

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Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH

A Sleek Entry Point

Though it definitely isn't the most impressive aspect of this model from Yale, we simply couldn't gloss over the lock's appearance. Its shiny silver housing looks particularly posh. The OLED display with a black background is nothing new, sure, but the blue characters add a sort of a high-tech touch that really brings it all together, making for a sleek and oddly charming device.

But, again, it really isn't about the looks with these things. Luckily enough, the internal parts of the lock are just as impressive as the external ones. First and foremost, a smart door lock has to be convenient and secure and the model in question is nothing if not reliable and practical.

With smart locks, it all starts with the access methods. Here, you get a choice of 5 different available methods. You can open the door via a phone tag. Alternatively, you can use the key tag (keycode) that comes with the lock. A key card that's also part of the package is just as good of an option. Of course, as it is always the case with smart locks, you can program a PIN code and enter the house using that code. Finally, a smartphone application is just as viable of an alternative, as long as it is connected to a compatible Smart home system.

By the way, speaking of PIN codes, you'll be able to make up and program up to 20 different PIN codes (between 4 and 10 digits). The key tag and the key card that come with the model also aren't the only copies that'll work with the lock as it is capable of recognising up to 20 different cards, key tags, and phone tags.

Review of Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH Keyless Connected Ready Smart Door Lock

No Access for the Wicked

Though multiple access methods is definitely an advantage of this model, we can't say that it is the advantage. No, as far as we're concerned, that title is shared between the multitude of safety and convenience features that the model comes equipped with. The first feature is the built-in tamper alarm that starts blasting an 80 dB internal alarm the moment someone starts to tamper with the lock. There's also the bank-level encryption that will be able to prevent any unauthorised access.

Doesn't really have much to do with safety but we really like the 24-hour PIN code for visitors feature. As you'd imagine, it lets you create a temporary PIN code for your guests, a nice little function that will make things easy and convenient both for you and your friends and relatives.

One thing that we couldn't overlook is what is referred to in the IT community as backwards compatibility. More specifically, we're talking about the fact that this model is suitable for wooden doors and can fit onto an existing night latch. As long as that night latch features the standard 60-mm backset, you should be able to make it work.

In short, this smart door lock from Yale is one of the most visually appealing and cleverly designed options on this particular market right now. Aside from its functionality and security, the model comes with a 9V battery. Just touch the battery onto the terminal at the bottom of the lock and you'll be able to provide it with a temporary power load in the event of flat batteries.

Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH Keyless Connected Ready Smart Door Lock in the use

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ZKTeco L7000S

Three Ways to Unlock

The ZKTeco L7000S looks solid and feels solid, probably because the lock is solid. Its zinc alloy construction makes the lock pretty much immune to tampering. At the same time, the idle-handle design works wonders preventing forcible entry.

Of course, smart locks have to be more than that to earn that "smart" part. Here, the smart part starts with the 1.5-inch OLED screen. The screen is sizable enough to enable clear and bright readouts, making the lock intuitive and easy to access for the people who're supposed to be accessing the entry.

There are three ways you can unlock this thing. First, you can go with the fingerprint approach. The lock lets you save 500 different fingerprints. At the same time, the company's fingerprint recognition algorithm is no joke. You won't have to worry about someone hacking into this system via the fingerprint method.

Second, you can access this smart lock via passcode. The updated system is able to save and recognise 100 passcodes, so you'll be able to make different ones for friends and family.

Third, you can use the supplied key to open the lock. The people behind the product send you only one key though, so we would recommend adding a few passcodes and saving some fingerprints into the system as soon as possible because you won't be able to access the lock otherwise if you lose the key.

Review of ZKTeco L7000S Electronic Double Cylinder Deadbol Digital Smart Door Lock

30000 Unlocking Records

The reading sensor is quick, usually taking less than one second to recognise and unlock the right passcode/fingerprint.

On the somewhat negative side, the battery compartment is somewhat difficult to access, making battery replacement pretty tedious. Having said that, this smart lock doesn't burn through the four AA batteries required to use the lock, so you won't be replacing the batteries all that often.

The system supports trackable visitor ID, so you'll know who enters the place and when. You can track the latest 30000 unlocking records, making this product suitable for commercial and office use too. The lock lets you upload and download this information via USB. The available data can be copied and stored, meaning that you won't have to worry about losing user information.

The aforementioned display also records illegal operation/failed access attempts and shows you when the battery's low, so you won't have to guess and estimate.

All things considered, the ZKTeco L7000S leaves very little to be desired. The lock's reliable and versatile enough for home and office use. It is easily accessible for the people who're meant to access the lock and basically impossible for intruders.

ZKTeco L7000S Electronic Double Cylinder Deadbol Digital Smart Door Lock in the use

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ZKTeco TL100

Fingerprints, ID Cards, Codes, Keys

The ZKTeco TL100 is elegant, sophisticated, and pretty much everything modern-day smart locks are supposed to be and represent. The elegant part refers to the lock's appearance as much as to the device's operation.

First things first, the voice-guided feature lets you quickly and easily set everything up. The lock comes equipped with multiple different features, so the guide couldn't be more appropriate and even necessary.

There are multiple ways you can access this lock. First, you can use the supplied key. We're not the biggest fans of this method because the hole is basically below the lock's body, making this access method uncomfortable and inconvenient.

There's also the passcode approach. As far as we're aware, you can add as many passcodes as you want to the system, so you can create different codes for friends and family.

You don't have to create these codes though. The fingerprint scanner is as reliable as they come. The system lets you add 100 different fingerprints. In other words, you can make the lock easily accessible for 100 different people at a time.

Last but not least, you can open the lock via an ID card. The lock can recognise 100 different cards. Plus, the company supplies you with 5 RFID cards from the get-go, so you can start from there.

Needless to say, the system's ID card and fingerprint support make this product more than suitable for office use. Having said that, nothing makes this lock unsuitable for home use too.

Review of ZKTeco TL100 Digital Electronic Keypad Biometric Smart Door Lock

Passage Mode

In fact, the lock's excellent for home use too. You can activate the Passage mode and have the lock remain in an unlocked state, letting people access the place via pressing the handle alone. This mode's great when you're having BBQ parties and different social gatherings with multiple people walking in and out. Of course, the mode is alright for meeting rooms too.

From the security standpoint, apart from these high-tech solutions, the lock's anti-theft mortise with one latch and two security deadbolts makes unathorised access pretty much impossible. Also, there's the company's trademark Random Password feature for extra security.

The illuminated keypad will let you easily open and close the lock in low-light conditions too.

To sum everything up, the ZKTeco TL100 is as secure as smart locks get. At the same time, the lock can be pretty unassuming and unobtrusive when necessary. There are four ways you can access this lock. The product is more than good enough for office use and home use too.

ZKTeco TL100 Digital Electronic Keypad Biometric Smart Door Lock in the use

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What Is a Smart Lock?

All of us have got at least one key to carry around - either to the entrance door of the house or flat or to the garage or shed. That said, many people carry not one but four or even five keys to access different doors and places. Striving to make our lives a bit easier, manufactures have invented a smart solution that requires no keys at all, that is a smart lock. With a smart lock being used, you will only need to make sure you've downloaded a special app on your phone or tablet (whatever device you usually take with you) and then, using this app, access your living place (or any other place). Smart locks, in their vast majority, offer pretty much the same functionality as regular locks but, unlike the latter, offer a higher level of security. Many models of smart locks out there now have compatibility with Smart Home systems too, making them a stellar choice for people building smart homes. For this review, we've picked smart locks from various price range and hope you'll have no problems finding the most suitable one for your personal needs.

Another device we'd certainly recommend you to acquire, especially if you're building a smart home, is a thermostat that will help you reduce your electricity bills by controlling the ambient temperature near the desired point. Also, you can check out these garage door openers that will let you open and close your garage door without leaving your car.

What Features to Compare

Access Method

Your choice of a smart lock depends, first of all, on the access method. The lock should be easy-to-use. In general, you access the lock right from your smartphone which may even unlock the door automatically when you approach it. You need only to install an appropriate application on your phone. If you unlock your entrance door yourself, you will have to press the button in the app every time. In this case, you should deactivate the automatic unlocking option. Some digital door locks allow locking and unlocking with a regular key as well. The locks might have a digital keypad for the access code input. This feature will be useful if you do not have a smartphone. Apart from that, smart locks sometimes let you open and close the door via RFID cards. As you would imagine, these locks are ideally suited for office use, although we like them for home use too when that's not the only available access option.

Extra Functions & Conveniences

Digital door locks may additionally feature extra functions and conveniences, for example, regarding access control. The application in your smartphone can notify you if somebody has entered the house or left it, what was the time, and duration of the visit, etc. You will have a detailed log of all such events. If your lock is compatible with the Smart Home systems such as Nest or Apple HomeKit, you will be able to get the status reports or enjoy other convenient features. Waterproof locks can be installed in the entrance doors of any building. Other smart locks are intended for interior doors only. Some locks allow opening by keyfobs that are convenient for kids or other family members who do not use any modern gadgets.

Exterior & Installation

You should also pay attention to the installation procedure and the exterior of every digital door lock. As conventional locks, these smart devices may be padlocks or deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are installed instead of regular old locks. You can just replace the interior of the lock in your door. It can be done easily - just with the help of a screwdriver. If the dimensions of a lock are correct, the exterior of the old lock remains intact.

Power Source

Because these locks are digital, they're supposed to be drawing power from somewhere, right? More often than not, these locks run on 3-4 AA batteries. Sometimes though, the locks might require no less than 8 batteries to operate. The difference here is how quickly these locks burn through the batteries. 

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